About Me

My name is Brian.  I was born and raised in West Virginia and moved to St. Louis, Missouri with my wife in the summer of 2000.  Since then we bought a house, started careers, and had two kids.  We’re living the “American dream” (or my version thereof).

Right after high school, I played guitar in a band called Flood for a couple years.  Some of my fondest memories are from those days.  I’ve compiled what I have from those days here on the site.  Sometimes I think I would like to start another band; most of the time I think those days are behind me.

I’m a huge Stephen King and Arthur C. Clarke fan.  I have the entire Twilight Zone collection on DVD and I think Rod Serling was absolutely brilliant.

I pay the bills now by working as a computer programmer specializing in data warehousing and as a horror/thriller writer.

Although I feel like politics have a despicable nature uniquely their own, I most closely identify myself with the Libertarian party.  Their platform tends to resemble my own.

I follow no religion or faith, but I do subscribe to two philosophical principles: Freethought and the Ethic of Reciprocity (more widely known as The Golden Rule). That’s worked well enough for me this far and I’ve found no compelling reason yet to dilute it with arbitrary rules and unsubstantiated fantasy.

I believe we can disagree and still be civil. Live and let live. We have to be able to do this or we’re fucked as a society.

I also believe that the current state of far-left militant political correctness espoused by the so-called social justice warriors (aka SJWs) is really just slow-motion fascism. Flip the coin and you’ll find a group of bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic hate-mongers on the far right who are just as bad-or worse.

Far right, far left…it’s all the same bullshit and it needs to fucking stop.

I really don’t understand social media. I get the technology, but it’s the social aspects I don’t really “get”. I’m pretty introverted, though, so that’s probably to blame. At least you won’t have to suffer through photos of what I had for dinner or listen to me drone on about my personal problems.

I started this site back in 2003.  It crawled, it learned to walk, then it ate itself into a bloated, self-serving, cynical mass.  I purged virtually all of it on September 16, 2009.  It wasn’t the first purge the site has seen, but it was the biggest.  It had become abundantly clear that the site needed a more targeted purpose and should have a different tone than before.  That realization was due in no small part to this article.  Now my site focuses primarily on my old band, my writing, computers & software, and my family.  I also throw some random and eclectic personal stuff out here that I think might be interesting to family and friends.  I have no delusions of grandeur or an inflated sense of self; I’m just one person out of seven billion yapping on the web.

I hope you enjoy the site and find it useful and/or entertaining. And if you haven’t had enough of me already then check out BrianJJarrett.com for more.

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